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I think that gender reassignment surgery means society is going insane

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http://quillette.com/2017/10/06/misunderstanding-new-kind-gender-dysphoria/

Surgery can’t change a woman into a man or vice versa, it can only turn someone into a freak.

Why are doctors performing gender reassignment surgery? What happened to the Hippocratic Oath, to do no harm?

This is an example of a mass delusion that people think this all makes sense.

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October 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Old people in Florida need electricity to live

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/multiple-deaths-reported-fla-irma-wake-poses-new-threats-article-1.3492623

Without electricity for air conditioning, they are dying from the heat. Maybe Florida isn’t such a good place to retire after all?

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September 13, 2017 at 10:13 am

Is there a mandate to repeal Obamacare?

Some commenters have said that. “Trump said in every campaign appearance that he was going to repeal Obamacare.” Actually, he always said he was going to repeal and REPLACE Obamacare, and sometimes said he was going to “replace Obamacare with something TERRIFIC.”

I’m sure the people at the rallies imagined that they were going to get Trumpcare that would be better than Obamacare because the website would work a lot better, the deductibles would be lower, and the whole thing would be a lot less confusing. They didn’t sign on for replacing Obamacare with tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent. They didn’t board the Trump Train because they were followers of Ayn Rand and wanted to live in Galt’s Gulch, they boarded because they thought Trump was the only guy who cared about regular non-elite non-minority Americans.

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July 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

Tort reform?

“gda” writes in a comment:

Krauthammer says tort reform alone would lower health costs 25%. But of course the lawyers work assiduously to make sure there is no real discussion, and certainly no implementation, of that.

Great idea, Republicans should work on tort reform instead of repealing Obamacare. Everybody would win except for lawyers.

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July 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

About Obamacare

Trump should have taken my advice.

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My advice for what issue to tackle next? Immigration! Not taxes. No no no. Especially when your tax policy team is a bunch of right-wing hacks. And you have loonies like Rand Paul thrown into the mix.

Get the damn wall funded. That’s what the people voted for. They voted for a wall. Not tax cuts for the top 1%.

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July 19, 2017 at 8:01 am

Are SWPL kids becoming shorter?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drinking-non-cows-milk-soy-almond-may-affect-childrens-height-study/

It was reported two weeks ago that children who drank more milk were taller, but children who drank milk-alternatives like almond milk and soy milk were significantly shorter.

Who the hell gives their children almond or soy milk to drink? The answer is SWPLs. Stupid SWPLs who think that cholesterol is bad for their kids.

In the future, Harvard will be full of these short little midget people raised on vegan crap.

That is, if shorter stature is uncorrelated with SAT scores. Although I’m not convinced that the Flynn Effect is real, given that the alleged long-time trend of increasing IQs happened at the same time as the long-time trend of increasing height, it is possible that withholding milk and other high-fat high-protein foods from kids will also lower their IQ.

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ASF writes: “Study proves nothing whatsoever. Even though the results may support our dislike for SWPL behavior, we have to be careful to not believe a study just because it purports to support our side.”

How about the evidence that the Dutch are the world’s tallest people, and the Netherlands has the highest per capita milk consumption?

Also, remember my rule that you should always believes studies that show that SWPL foods or behavior are bad, because studies are always biased in the other direction.

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June 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Medicaid-for-all much less expensive than private insurance!

If you look at this chart you’ll see that average Medicaid spending per adult (which I presume are those adults who don’t qualify for Medicare) was only $3,247 per year in FY2011.

That’s a lot less money per enrollee than the cost of Obamacare insurance policies. Plus Medicaid covers 100% of medical expenses, not like crappy Obamacare plans that come with huge deductibles and copays and where you have to fight with the insurance company over every bill to avoid being ripped off.

Less expensive per enrollee plus 100% free coverage plus better customer service.

So why can’t scrap our private-insurance-based health system and just go with Medicaid?

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March 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

Robert Frank endorses “Medicare for all”

Robert Frank, an economics professor from Cornell whom I respect quite a bit and I have mentioned many times before in my blogs (and he may even be a secret believer in HBD) endorses “Medicare for all” in a New York Times op-ed, and I agree with it.

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March 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

Society has lost all common sense with transgender crap

Man becomes a woman and then wins woman’s weightlifting competition.

Isn’t there any common sense in this world? If you are/were a man, you shouldn’t be allowed to compete in women’s sports, no matter how much weird surgeries and hormone treatments that you’ve had.

Also, we need to stop pretending that a man can become a woman and vice versa. People can only become freaks, not the other sex.

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March 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

Why I don’t buy into the high fructose corn syrup scare

I remember back in the 1970s, before corn syrup became the primary sweetener used in commercial foods, the health food people said that fructose was healthier than cane sugar because fructose was a “natural” sugar found in fruits while cane sugar was evil processed sugar.

It’s only after mass production of corn syrup sweetener that the health food people started saying the opposite.

This is just a case of whatever seems to be the most “artificial” mass-produced food being picked on, even though all sugars are harvested from natural plants. For the same reason, soda is demonized over fruit juice because soda seems artificial and fruit juice seems natural, but they are both equally unhealthy (assuming that liquids loaded up with sugar are unhealthy).

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One of the most important things I learned from Paul Fussell is that sweet foods are prole, so I have made a conscious effort to eat less sweet food in order to be higher class.

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March 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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